The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team opened up its CONCACAF qualifying campaign with a 5-0 thrashing of Jamaica on Saturday.
The U.S. looked strong out of the gate, pressing far up the pitch and putting numbers forward in the attacking third. The U.S. midfield looked strong as it controlled the tempo of the match, and did well to keep the shape of the 4-4-2 formation that coach John Hackworth deployed.
If my eyes do not deceive me, we get Ream in for Brooks (as some of you guessed), Zusi in for Cameron (oi vey) and Jones in for Lletget. So is this the same set as Friday, or does Jones slide Pulisic wide, giving us a 4-2-3-1 or an empty bucket? We shall see. Three points is nice, but how about we #Get3More?
With all the missing regulars, am I being greedy to want a win in Panama? Four more players, including starting left center back John Anthony Brooks, have been released to their clubs. Only Paul Arriola has been added to the mix, so the USMNT now has 23 guys available for selection on Tuesday. You may know them as.
With one exception, the USMNT eleven I prescribed are starting tonight's key World Cup qualifier. Of course, we'll need to wait to identify the shape and where Lletget/Nagbe are fielded... Meanwhile, stars from all across the sports spectrum are showing mad love and support for the team tonight. Sending my best to @ussoccer as they face Honduras tonight.
MLS expansion, USMNT talk and Americans Abroad action are just some of the topics covered in the latest episode of The SBI Show.
Episode 273 of the SBI Show takes a closer look at MLS Week 5, and the league's failed bid for a CONCACAF Champions League title as host Ives Galarcep breaks down the eliminations of FC Dallas and Vancouver from the competition.
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena held a conference call with select members of the media on Thursday. Surprisingly enough, the man put in charge of the USMNT as the proverbial "safe set of hands" managed to make headlines for an unexpected reason.
Bruce Arena is the first to admit that there's work to be done in the present as the U.S. Men's National Team looks to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. However, given all of the recent headlines, the USMNT head coach is looking ahead a bit to what could be a defining moment in U.S. Soccer.
On Monday, the United States, Mexico and Canada announced that the three have submitted a bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 30, 2017) US Soccer Players - March's World Cup qualifiers are over. The USMNT have banked four points from a potential six this month, meeting the coach's stated goal. That's restored at least some measure of calm to the process of qualifying for Russia 2018 from the CONCACAF Hexagonal.
Like everyone else associated with American soccer, Bruce Arena watched from afar as Christian Pulisic ascended from prospect to star. He watched Pulisic dominate the youth level before making the leap into Bundesliga and Champions League play. He watched his initial performances with the U.S. Men's National Team and, like many, was impressed.
The U.S. Men's National Team took care of business on Friday night, but the task at hand is not quite finished.
On Tuesday, the U.S. will look to make it a perfect international break with a road win over Panama. It will be a tough ask, as all road CONCACAF matches are, but the USMNT's display on Friday showed a team more than capable of taking down any team in the region.
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 24, 2017) US Soccer Players - It's not that Bruce Arena's semi-regular musings on the state of American soccer didn't matter while he was leading the LA Galaxy. He won three MLS Cup titles, two Supporters Shields, and fully cemented his place as the greatest American soccer coach.
Jermaine Jones caused shockwaves with comments he made on Monday about his standing within the U.S. Men's National Team. Now, those comments have reignited a debate that has been going on for quite some time.
Is it time for the U.S. Men's National Team to find a new starting option in midfield?
Jermaine Jones watched on as the U.S. Men's National Team pummeled Honduras on Friday. He watched his teammates dice the Honduras defense, watched as the U.S. all but recovered from November's nightmare to seal a historic World Cup qualifying win.
But, throughout his career, Jones has made it quite clear that he isn't one for watching.
Panama and the USMNT split the points in Panama City, drawing 1-1 in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. The USMNT and Panama traded first-half goals. Christian Pulisic weaved his way through the Panama box to find Clint Dempsey in the 39th minute. Panama equalized four minutes later through Gabriel Gomez.
After Alejandro Bedoya's 75-minute appearance for the United States in their demolition of Honduras on Friday night, Peter Andrews discusses the differences in his game when with the national team and with the Union. Plus, Pulisic!
The initial diagnosis said Sebastian Lletget's foot injury was nothing to be concerned with. After review, though, the midfielder's injury is set to keep him on the shelf for an extended period of time.
Following initial reports that the injury was nothing serious, the LA Galaxy announced that Lletget will require surgery fora Lisfranc injury suffered during the USMNT's 6-0 win over Honduras.
The U.S. Men's National Team has added a winger ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Panama as several players have departed camp.
Paul Arriola is set to jointhe USMNT squad ahead of Saturday night's trip to Panama City. John Brooks, Sebastian Lletget, Jordan Morris and Michael Orozco left camp, bringing the total roster to 23 players.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Clint Dempsey hasn't played in an international match for the U.S. in the last nine months due to an irregular heartbeat that sidelined him for the second half of the 2016 Major League Soccer season and the first two World Cup qualifiers – then with the national team under Jurgen Klinsmann.
The U.S. Men's National Team entered Friday night's World Cup qualifier needing a win against Honduras to keep their World Cup hopes alive. They got that and awhole lot more, routing the Hondurans 6-0 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
U.S. head coach Bruce Arena talked about his team's excitement for the match the day before during his press conference and his players put that enthusiasm on full display throughout the 90 minutes.
The USMNT resumed World Cup qualifying on Friday night at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California in a big way. Shaking off two losses to start the Hexagonal round, the USMNT dominated Honduras in a 6-0 shutout.
The goals started early with Sebastian Lletget scoring in the 5th minute. Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th.
The U.S. Men's National Team has reportedly lined up a pair of competitive friendlies for the summer.
ESPN reported Friday that the U.S. will take on Venezuela on June 3 before facing off with World Cup nemesis Ghana on July 1. The match against Venezuela, which comes five days ahead of a vital World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago, is set for Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Real Salt Lake.
The U.S. Men's National Team's recent World Cup qualifying success produced a boost to the team's FIFA ranking.
FIFA's monthly rankings were unveiled on Thursday as the U.S. saw a seven-spot leap. Now ranked 23rd, the U.S. sits three spots behind 20th-ranked Costa Rica and seven spots behind 16th-ranked Mexico, which sits as CONCACAF's top ranked nation.
The moment U.S. Men's National Team fans have spent four months waiting for is finally here. World Cup qualifying is back, and the SBI Show is back to break down the USMNT showdown with Honduras.
Special guest Alexi Lalas joins SBI Show host Ives Galarcep to discuss the all-important USA-Honduras qualifier, breaking down lineup options and what to expect from Bruce Arena's first qualifier with this group.